2019-01-02 - Dormant
According to OxfordDictionary.com the word dormant(adj) is: one (of an animal) having normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a period; in or as if in a deep sleep. ‘Dormant butterflies’ while in the transition of a cocoon literally speaking and “the event evoked memories that she would rather had lain dormant” as a figurative example of this. It’s origins of Late Middle English: fixed position or latent; Old French: ‘sleeping’, present participle of dormir, and from the Latin: dormire ‘to sleep’. TheSpruce.com shares information regarding plants and metabolic inactivity. Trees, flowers, turf grass go into this state in colder months and in many ways appear dead yet have only lost foliage or changed colors as "they stop growing and conserve energy until cultural conditions present themselves”. We know Spring is coming, when we see tulips, daffodils, Easter Lily plants blooming, and the grass all changes back to green and is filling in the gaps again.
Have you found yourself in a dormant season in your life? There are seasons we all pass through, along the way, and while we should never neglect called service of the Lord, there are those times of rest and contemplation we could consider. “But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow the fields of prune your vineyards.” (Leviticus 25:4 NIV) Writerunboxed.com shares in an article titled: (Fallow Fields-An argument for Letting your Creativity Rest) “‘fallow’ periods were traditionally used by farmers, to maintain the natural productivity of their land. The benefits of leaving the land fallow for extended periods of time include rebalancing soil nutrients, reestablishing soil bio-ta, breaking crop pest and disease cycles, and providing a haven for wildlife.”
Biblically speaking, while God of course knew those benefits above, I suspect the main reason for telling them to leave it unsown was obedience to Him, as well as not getting caught up into greed and self-absorption. We live in a world not prone to obedience, and it includes growth vs fallow seasons. And not allowing for rest and rejuvenation of selves, machines, and land reaps consequences; we do learn, whether it is His way or the hard way. And I agree with that same article with “we have become obsessed with economics and productivity.” Whether it is farming, writing, serving as a volunteer, cardio activities, or any other activity, we need to maintain proper balance in order to be the most effective vessel possible. After many seasons of bike riding, hamsters, dogs, fish tank friends, jobs in and out of the house, as well as raising children, I have noticed my own vessel being rather depleted of its original vim and vigor. In ways, I was once very active, and now I am in a period of dormancy. Some of those activities I may return to, while with some, I may return to an adjusted version of them. Others may be delegated to other completion methods. However, in the dormant period, unable to participate in some things I have truly loved, it’s given me the opportunity to so other activities I have not much had time to consider, for one reason or another. I believe there is a direct connection between having time to ponder outside of our own involvement and growth spiritually. (“Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit is truly ready, but the flesh is weak”. Mark 14:38 KJV)
Seasons are not just for the trees and their beautiful leaf changes in the autumn. They are for us, as well. As those dormant times come, we have the choice of seeing it as a new beginning and fresh ground for growth - or being told “no, that’s it!” If you’re just healing from a repair surgery or an injury, just think of it as a chance to get caught up on your reading, reorganizing your music collection, or maybe some letter/card writing to friends or family. If you just are not able to garden as you used to, then take a chance on perennials and then they will reappear in the next growing season for you. If high energy cardio exercise just is not possible now, then maybe that painting class or even a lower impact exercise will take you down a path to new friendships and fellowships. Maybe, like me, part of the fallow period is focusing on some of your own health concerns and afterward, some activities will again be possible. Or maybe you’re just needing a change of crowd venue - encouraging people to share time with and better common interests. New life will follow the dormant period, and the land (and heart) prepared for the new growing season will flourish as God intends. Just ask him to guide your plow - when the time is right - His time.
“For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age at the set time of which God had spoken” (Genesis 21:2 KJV)
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted